News From Our Churches

Kalamazoo’s minister, Rev. A. Mulder, declined the call extended him from the congregation at Randolph, Wisconsin.

Creston’s consistory has presented a new trio to their congregation, consisting of Rev. R.C. Harbach, of Lynden; Rev. A. Mulder, of Kalamazoo; Rev. R. Veldman, of Southeast church in Grand Rapids. 

Southeast’s congregation is planning a special service to be held on Thursday evening, Nov. 10, to dedicate their new church building; and the Mr. and Mrs. Society of that church has issued invitations in all the area bulletins inviting “all to spend a, very interesting evening with us on Sunday, Nov. 13, in our new church building. We have a very nice hymn sing planned with Mr. Edward Ophoff as song leader. Proceeds for our new organ fund.” 

Reformation Day was remembered, by many of our organizations in various ways. Adams St. School gave a program in Southeast Church, Oct. 29; Hope School children gave an all school program in First Church, Nov. 3, entitled, “Children of the Reformation”; and the fall Mr. and Mrs. League meeting featured a speech by Rev. C. Hanko, on “The Reformation In Holland.” 

The Western Ladies’ League meeting was held Oct. 12 at Hull, Iowa. Rev. J. Kortering, of Hull, spoke on the topic, “Faith, the Anchor Of Hope.” Rev. B. Woudenberg, of Edgerton, Minnesota, was assigned to answer questions.

The Eastern Ladies’ League meeting was held in First Church with the Rev. M. Schipper, of Southwest Church, as the speaker for the evening.

The Adams St. School Athletic Association again sponsored a pancake supper Oct. 29, which brought out a goodly number of hungry patrons. Some of the food, and all of the work of about twenty-five men, were donated; some of the supplies were purchased at cost. All of this made it possible to realize a profit which swells the fund of the Association which supplies playground and athletic equipment.

The October Beacon Light’s Singspiration was held in Southeast Church with Mr. Chas. Westra as director. The program was augmented with some vocal numbers by a ladies’ trio.

Rev. and Mrs. Kortering, in a recent bulletin announcement, thanked their congregation in Hull for the gracious treatment afforded them at the time of the arrival of their new daughter, Sharon Fae, born Oct. 8.

The Prot. Ref. Teachers’ Seminar was scheduled for Oct. 21 at Adams St. School. Miss Hulda Kuiper, an Adams St. teacher, gave a paper on “The Psychology of Learning,” introducing the subject for discussion. 

The newly organized Choral Society, a joint venture of members of Oak Lawn and South Holland, held its first regular meeting Oct. 26. It was decided to meet in Oak Lawn the first and third Wednesdays of each month, and the other weeks in South Holland.

The South Holland Ladies’ Society was host to the Oak Lawn society Nov. 3. Rev. G. Vanden Berg, president of the Oak Lawn Society, gave a talk on “Faith, Hope and Love, As Applied To Our Societies.” 

Nov. 10 was the date set for a Question Hour sponsored by a Ladies’ School Auxiliary, members of the South Holland and Oak Lawn Churches. The questions solicited were to .concern the Prot. Ref. School movement under way in their congregations. 

Many of our readers will no doubt find this contribution from the program committee of the Ref. Witness Hour of interest: “Did you know that the recorded tapes for broadcast over Trans-World Radio, Monte Carlo, Monaco, must be mailed to that station four to six weeks in advance of airing dates? At this writing the programs for the remaining weeks of 1960 have already been sent to the station’s United States office in Chatham, New Jersey. From there they are airmailed to Monaco. Since Oct. 2 the Ref. Witness Hour had been broadcast over Trans-World Radio with England as its principal target area. A special announcement is made and recorded on each tape informing the listeners in the British Isles that written copies of the radio sermons may be obtained, free, by writing to the Reformed Witness Hour, 114 Wigmore St., London, W. 1, England. The letters received at this London address are then forwarded, unopened, to our Radio Committee.” Our U.S. readers may obtain copies by writing to our local address: P.O. Box 8, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

All of the participating churches carried special announcement concerning the 1960 Annual Deficit Drive for our Adams St. School. The Drive Comm. Has set the amount of $13,839.00 as the goal for this campaign to meet the needs of the school for efficient operation. Whereas two drives are usually conducted to bring up the necessary amount, it is hoped that one drive will suffice this year. All of the churches are having a special collection Sunday, Nov. 6, to receive the gifts and pledges of the school’s supporters.

Redlands’ Men’s Society has recently decided to take up the study of the Book of James after having finished the first twenty-four chapters of Genesis.

. . . . see you in church.

—J.M.F.